Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2018. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

Flood Economics

February 13, 2019

CM | 1.5

The 17th webinar in the series involves discussions from Hilary Steiner and Anil Sarda of The Economist Intelligence Unit, a forecasting and research arm of the Economist Group, publisher of The Economist newspaper. They will discuss their research into the economics of flood mitigation and associated best practices for communities nationwide. Shannon Burke, manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center, will moderate. This webinar will address:

  • New insights into flood loss avoidance based on a series of community case studies
  • Their wide-ranging analysis into over 20,000 flood mitigation projects spanning all 50 states and Puerto Rico
  • The business case for flood mitigation and what that means for local planning
  • Vital lessons learned from planners and floodplain professionals on the economics of flood mitigation

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Meet the Presenters

  • Headshot of Hilary Steiner

    Hilary Steiner

    Hilary Steiner is the global director for the Public Policy practice of The Economist Intelligence Unit. She leads a global team of consultants, focusing on developing provocative and impactful programs for clients. Hilary has expertise in evidence-driven policy advocacy, with a particular focus on transnational policy and global norms. She has led the Flood Economics program since its inception in 2015 and has presented its findings at events across the US, including at the National Hurricane Conference, and acted as the moderator for the virtual event Building Resilience: Investing in Mitigation to Reduce risk.
  • Headshot of Anil Sarda

    Anil Sarda

    Anil Sarda is a senior analyst with the Public Policy practice of The Economist Intelligence Unit. He is an experienced project manager and analyst responsible for overseeing economic impact assessments, cost-benefit analyses and policy benchmarking studies across the world. Anil has worked on the Flood Economics program since its inception in 2015 and now manages the program, most recently overseeing the completion of four case studies covering the value of building codes and how US homeowners can build back stronger. He was the lead analyst in the research and data analysis behind the Community Case Studies, an in-depth look into 21 communities across the US that have mitigated their flood risk through different actions and funding mechanisms.
  • Moderator

    Shannon Burke

    As manager of APA's Hazards Planning Center, Shannon Burke oversees research projects within the center, works to secure future funding, and builds partnerships with organizations working to advance resiliency. Burke has more than 20 years of experience as a hazard mitigation consultant, FEMA specialist, and local government planner for several jurisdictions in Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans Mayor's Office and City Planning Commission. Burke's family was directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an experience that continues to motivate and guide her work in hazards planning. Because of Katrina, Burke has a particular interest in the power of planning to alleviate the impact of disasters on vulnerable and underserved populations. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University. She is also a board member of the National Hazards Mitigation Association.

View Past Webinars

View Presentations from Past Webinars

  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018) CM | 1.0
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017) CM | 1.0
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016) CM | 1.5
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)